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Bridging the Gap Conference April 2013

                                          The Graduate College of Social Work presents:

Bridging the Research and Practice Gap:
A Symposium on Critical Considerations, Successes and Emerging Ideas
April 5-6, 2013

M.D. Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion

Additional sponsorship provided by the following institutions:



Historically, the profession of social work has grappled with strategies for bridging the gap between research and practice in both practice settings and the social work curriculum.  Various models to support this integration have emerged, including the Empirical Clinical Practice Model and the Evidence-Based Practice Process Model. Despite widespread efforts to disseminate these models during the past three decades, their implementation (as well as the use of empirically supported interventions) in real settings has remained a challenge. There is a vital need to address the complex issues that have precluded the successful dissemination and implementation of practice- relevant research findings with diverse and complex clients, communities and organizations. This symposium will draw on the experiences and knowledge of nationally-known faculty, researchers and practitioners to identify critical considerations, successes and emerging ideas to address many of these challenges. Please see the current program below.

Day One: April 5th

8:30 - 9:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 - 10:15

Keynote Address: Bridging the Gap: Progress and Prospects.
Speaker: Allen Rubin, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45

Training and Fidelity of Empirically Supported Interventions in Real Settings
| Paper
Speaker: Allison Metz, Ph.D., National Implementation Research Network
Discussant: Bruce Thyer, Ph.D., Florida State University

11:45-12:00 Break to get Lunch
12:15 - 1:30

Cultural/Developmental Adaptation of Interventions in Real Practice Settings
| Paper
Speaker: Flavio Marsiglia, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Discussants: Luis Torres, Ph.D., & McClain Sampson, Ph.D., University of Houston

1:30 - 2:45

Using Research to Inform Practice with Co-Morbid or Complex Client Presentations
| Paper
Speaker: Mary McKay, Ph.D., New York University
Discussants: Jennifer Bellamy, Ph.D., University of Chicago & Beth Pomeroy, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 

2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:15

Bridging the Gap: Organizational and Administrative Issues
| Paper
Speaker: Bowen McBeath, Ph.D., Portland State University
Discussant: Joanne Yaffe, Ph.D., University of Utah & Cathy Crouch, LCSW, SEARCH Homeless Services

4:15 - 5:30

Preparing Current and Future Practitioners to Integrate Research in Real Practice Settings
Speaker: Bruce Thyer, Ph.D., Florida State University
Discussants: Patrick Bordnick, Ph.D., University of Houston & Aron Shlonsky, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Eileen Gambrill, Ph.D., University of California Berkeley

5:30 - 7:00 Entertainment/Happy Hour/Networking & Poster Session

Day Two: April 6th

8:30 - 9:00  Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15

Improving Programs and Outcomes: Implementation Frameworks 2013
| Paper
Rosalyn Bertram, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

10:15 - 11:15

Successes and Challenges of specific Projects/Programs
*CHOICES Preconception Intervention, Mary Velasquez, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
*SEARCH Homeless Services, Cathy Crouch, LCSW, Executive Vice President

11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 1:00 Bridging the Research-Practice Gap: Contrasting Views and Possible Strategies
Lead Presenter:  Irwin Epstein, Ph.D., Panelists:Hunter College; Bruce Thyer, Ph.D., Florida State University; Allen Rubin, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin & Aron Shlonsky, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Eileen Gambrill, Ph.D., University of California Berkeley
1:00 - 1:15 Break/Get Lunch
1:15 - 3:15 Breakout Sessions by Topic (Practitioners and Researchers) – based on first day topics  
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00

Break out Session by Topic Reporting (approximately 15 minutes per panel)

The $175 cost includes 13.75 CEUs and meals.  After March 18, the cost for registration is $250. 

*Early Registration (until March 18): $175 for both days

*One day rate: $100

*UH GCSW Alumni Rate: $125

*Affiliated Group Rate of 4+ Individuals: $100 per person within the group

**(NOTE:  In order to use our registration system, please select the option for New Students/Create A New Account)

The results of this symposium will be disseminated in a special issue of Research on Social Work Practice. Correspondence regarding this event can be directed to Danielle Parrish, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work: or to the Event Coordinator, Evelio Escamilla at 713-743-8345 or

Recommended Accommodations:

Additional sponsorship was provided by the following institutions:

RutgersTennesseeSouth CarolinaBUMichiganAlabamaAlbanyUniversity of Texas School of Social Work